Bhopal: More than five lakh victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy have been "left out" of this year`s compensation package announced by the Central government, a minister said on Sunday.
"I have told Home Minister P Chidambaram that 5.25 lakh victims have been left out of the compensation package of this year announced by the Central government on the recommendation of GoM, headed by him," Madhya Pradesh Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Babulal Gaur told reporters here.
"I have asked Chidambaram to ensure that the compensation is disbursed among the victims within the span of December 15 to March 31," he said.
Gaur said he had met some Union Ministers on the 26th anniversary of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy on December 3 in Delhi and sought help for the state`s development.
The minister said the Centre will set up Asia`s biggest research centre in Bhopal.
"Asia`s biggest research centre to study the affect of Bhopal Gas Tragedy on the people and carry out other studies will be opened in Bhopal," he said.